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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX vs 5D3
« on: July 27, 2012, 10:01:11 PM »
I am interested to hear from anyone who has used both cameras.  I have two 5D3s and I am a wedding photographer.  I love my cameras but I am always curious if there is something better that will help me do my job better.  I am interested if the AF is just a little faster and better and I have also read that the sensor may be a little better.  Anyone have any experience with the two cameras? 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / What happened to this picture?
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:47:35 PM »
Anyone see anything like this before? My first thought is a flash sync problem but usually you see 1/4 of the frame dark not a dark line like that. Also if the shutter got stuck wouldn't the frame from that point on be darker? It was the only picture like that out of the entire wedding. I hate wired stuff like this that I can't explain.  Also I have a 5D3 and it is like this on both cards so I don't think it is a card problem.  Maybe a glitch when the camera wrote to the cards?  So the other question is if the camera has two card slots does it write the image to both cards separately or does it write to one card and copy from one card to the other? I would hope they don't do that because it it would negate the usefulness of two card slots.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 with AF assist
« on: June 22, 2012, 09:20:14 PM »
I am shooting a wedding reception right now and for the fun of it I turned the AF assist off and the camera focuses a whole lot faster. AF assist is only necessary I guess when there is no light. Why doesn't AF assist slow down the AF?  Shouldn't it help it?

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Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt overheating?
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:27:22 PM »
If your on-camera flash isn't overheating, why would the remote flashes have that problem.  If you're always firing your on-camera flash, I would venture to guess that one is putting out more power than your remotes set at 1/32 or 1/64.  Do you think it might be a range problem -- 100ft isn't all that far.

Since it's part of the discussion, what do most of you set your speed lights at when flying them as remotes on stands?  It sounds like jaayres20 is using the eTTL function with ratios...how is that working out for you?  Is that giving you better light than setting the remotes on low manual power?

Chris I don't use ratios I use group mode and set my on camera flash to ETTL and my two slave flashes to manual.  I like to have the two slave flashes in different groups so I can adjust their power separately if needed.  And it has happend may times that if one of my slave flashes overheats then my on camera flash or my other slave flash will not fire until the slave flash "recovers".  It is very inconvenient to say the least.   

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Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt overheating?
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:23:15 PM »
Well even the 600ex flashes with battery packs stopped working at really bad times which is annoying because if you have them all linked and one stops working then they all stop firing.

Mine will fire if one of them has dead batteries.  In the photo my set-up was 5D3 with ST-E3-RT and two 600RTs.  One 600 set to group A, and the other to group B.  In the photo one flash did not fire because its batteries were almost toast, but the other flash fired. 

What I'd like to know is: if you have a two or more flashes in the SAME group and one unit has dead batteries, will that affect that group only?  I doubt it will as the system is radio.

I have mine set up into three groups.  A is on my camera set to ETTL.  B & C are my other two flashes on stands.  If A, B or C "overheats" then they all stop firing until I turn that group off or switch the power on and off.  If I leave the power on the flash will never recover.  Switching the power on and off seems to reset it and is is good to go usually for 1000+ more shots.  I often take 2000-3000 shots at a reception so they get used quite a bit.  I did the same thing with the 580exII flashes and pocket wizards without any problems.   I can't do a side by side test because I sold my old 580ex II flashes.

How do you set the on-camera unit to group A?  I can't seem to replicate your set up (I only have two 600RTs), and the manual leeds me to believe you can't do that.  It's the same with the ratios on the flash that's a master, you need to also have two or more slaves to use the ratios.  With a flash as a master it seems to be excluded from any group, and any tests I'm doing seem to prove ratios are useless with an on-camera 600rt and a single slave 600rt.  With the st-e3-rt mounted on the 5D3 it all works as you'd expect, and works well imo.

Also, let it be known the manual is a lesson in ambiguity.  The top of the manual's page 49 seems to back up my claim of ratios not working with a 600rt at a master.  Quote: You can divide the slave units into two or three groups and perform E-TTLii/E-TT auto flash shooting while changing the flash ration (factor).  In addition, you can set and shoot with a different flash mode for each firing group, for up to 5 groups.

I think there might be a little confusion so I will try it again to see if it makes a little more since.  I have 3 flashes.  One on camera and two off camera.  My on camera flash is set to ETTL master in group mode.  I don't do anything with ratios.  I know that my on camera flash is set to group A because when I adjust the exposure compensation for that group the flash on my camera is affected.  My first off camera flash is set to slave in group B and it is manual set at 1/32 or 1/64 power usually.  My second off camera flash is set to slave in group C and it is also set to manual and 1/32 or 1/64 power.  I have had all three flashes overheat at various times.  They all have very light loads.  My on camera flash probably has the biggest load but ettl at ISO 3200 doesn't take much power.  Im my opinion all flashes should last for hours on a set of batteries without overheating in those conditions.  I can't compare them directly to the 580ex II flashes because I don't have them anymore but I never had that problem with them and I did the same thing only with pocketwizards.   

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Lenses / 28mm 1.8 vs 24mm 1.4 AF
« on: June 18, 2012, 07:50:56 PM »
I have the 28mm 1.8 and I mostly use it at wedding receptions and am pretty happy with it. I think it does well at focusing fast in low light which is a must for me. I am not satisfied with the image quality in comparison to my other L lenses. I am interested in the 24mm 1.4 but I am concerned it won't focus as fast as the 28mm. I ran into that with the 50mm 1.2 not focusing as fast as the 50mm 1.4. Anyone with both lenses?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D2 vs 5D3 low light AF
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:54:14 AM »
I had a 5D2 for years and never really had too many complaints about the AF at dark wedding receptions.  I ended up selling my 5D2 before my 5D3 arrived so I didn't have a chance to do a side by side comparison.  The 5D3 is great and I am happy with the AF but I never really thought it was that much better at low light AF than the 5D2.  Well I shot a wedding with another photographer who has a 5D2 this past weekend and just for the fun of it I took a few shots and compared the cameras side by side and I was amazed at how much faster the 5D3 was.  I could get 5 good shots in the time it took the 5D2 to get focused and take one.  It seemed like night and day to me.  I am sure this isn't news to anyone but I thought I would share just for the fun of it. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 Silent Shutter
« on: June 17, 2012, 06:40:17 PM »
So I have been loving the silent shutter for wedding ceremonies and at other times when I need to be quiet. Yesterday I was using it during an outdoor ceremony and I started to notice that one of my camera's shutter was lagging every third or fourth time. Almost like I was shooting at a very slow shutter speed. I switched back to the normal mode and there were no problems. Also my other 5D3 was acting fine  The only thing I can think was that it was hot and humid but I don't see how that would affect the shutter. Any thoughts?

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Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt overheating?
« on: June 17, 2012, 05:07:47 PM »
Well even the 600ex flashes with battery packs stopped working at really bad times which is annoying because if you have them all linked and one stops working then they all stop firing.

Mine will fire if one of them has dead batteries.  In the photo my set-up was 5D3 with ST-E3-RT and two 600RTs.  One 600 set to group A, and the other to group B.  In the photo one flash did not fire because its batteries were almost toast, but the other flash fired. 

What I'd like to know is: if you have a two or more flashes in the SAME group and one unit has dead batteries, will that affect that group only?  I doubt it will as the system is radio.

I have mine set up into three groups.  A is on my camera set to ETTL.  B & C are my other two flashes on stands.  If A, B or C "overheats" then they all stop firing until I turn that group off or switch the power on and off.  If I leave the power on the flash will never recover.  Switching the power on and off seems to reset it and is is good to go usually for 1000+ more shots.  I often take 2000-3000 shots at a reception so they get used quite a bit.  I did the same thing with the 580exII flashes and pocket wizards without any problems.   I can't do a side by side test because I sold my old 580ex II flashes. 

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Lenses / 50mm 1.4 rear element broke?
« on: June 15, 2012, 11:27:25 AM »
I hardly use my 50mm 1.4 because I have the 1.2.  I just keep it as a backup.  My 1 year old daughter managed to pick it up while it was out of my bag and it dropped on the hard wood floor.  When I picked it up I discovered the rear element had popped out.  I pushed it back in and it snapped into place.  After a short test the lens seems to be focusing and working just fine.  Does anyone know if that the rear element is just pressed into place or when it fell did it break something I don't know about?  I hate to rely on it one day and find out it is broken but I also hate to send it in if it is fine.  Anyone know?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMk3 at wedding receptions
« on: June 11, 2012, 06:50:09 PM »
I have noticed there is a big difference between a few of my lenses.

Are you using lenses with a f4 or even f5.6 open aperture, and how do these perform? I'm asking because I've got the 70-300L/4-5.6 and wouldn't like to see that the af performance on the 5d3 isn't any better than on the 5d2 or 60d...

Sorry all I have are fast prime lenses and the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMk3 at wedding receptions
« on: June 11, 2012, 05:31:16 PM »
I had the same frustrations but I noticed that it would actually focus before the red light flashed so I switched the priority to shot and I often take the picture before the read light and almost all of the time it is in focus.  What lens are you using?  I have noticed there is a big difference between a few of my lenses.  The 70-200 does really well in light that is almost too dark for my eyes to see.  The 50mm 1.2 is horrible and when I what good consistant focus with fast moving dancing I switch to the 28mm 1.8.  If focuses fast and benefits more from the AF assist on the flash.  It really helps to find an area with just a little bit of contrast like a shirt collar or a tie against a white shirt.  Often those areas are in the same focal plain and are easier to attain focus.  Good luck!

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Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt overheating?
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:22:02 PM »
This may be a dumb question but are you sure they were firing at only 1/64?

Try test firing one at 1/64 ten times in a row and see if it overheats and activates the red screen. Then wait and try 20. It shouldn't overheat at that power level.
Yes they were on a lower power setting like 1/64 or 1/32. I know for a fact that they can shoot 10 in a row at 1/16. I love the flashes for the most part. They overheat at wired and random times. It is like they know when is the worst time to act up and do it just to make things hard. Kind of like my kids.

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Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt overheating?
« on: June 10, 2012, 05:38:18 PM »
No, if the back LED light is red then the flash has over heated. If it's orange it is slave (by default, this can be changed in cFn), and green is master (by default). I haven't overheated any of my 3 600-RT's so I can't comment if 'reddish orange' is the red backlight indicating overheating, but that makes sense to me. This is all documented in that thick manual they sent along with the flash.

Don't know your exact circumstances, I do know that these flashes can't take too many pops. The manual states (by memory) that after 10 consecutive flashes it needs a rest. 1/64 or 1/32 should be a light load, but maybe they were also in the sun? Not like these little flashes have heat sinks, and they're dumping a goodly current off those caps.
They are not in the sun they are in a dark reception. If they can't shoot off 10 or 20 consecutive pops at 1/64 power then I am very disappointed because like I said before my 580exII flashes never did anything like that.  What is also frustrating is if one of them overheats it causes the rest to stop working until you turn it off.  It also doesn't "recover" until you flip the switch off and turn it back on which isn't always convenient when you are in the middle of something important at a wedding reception and the flash is 10 feet in the air across the room through a crowd of people.  This seems ridiculous and it doesn't look like there is a possible fix.       

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Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt overheating?
« on: June 10, 2012, 05:31:54 PM »
What does the overheat indicator say?  I think it would give you a hint.  If the rear is turning orange, as in badly discolored, I'd sure return it to Canon.

It isn't discolored I think it is supposed to turn that color but I don't know the reason.  The back display turns other colors as well.  For example green is master and orange is slave.  I had not seen the red before so I am assuming it turns that way for a reason like overheating.  But what I don't understand is why would it overheat when the power level is only at 1/32 or 1/64 power.  I could shoot all night with my 580exII flashes at that level with no problem. 

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